The symposium to be held in Bloemfontein is jointly organised by the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR); the University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN); the Central University of Technology (CUT), Free State; the Department of Science and Technology; the Advanced Manufacturing Technology Strategy; and the Tshwane University of Technology.
The symposium provides a platform to showcase and establish the current state of advanced robotics and mechatronics research in South Africa. It also serves to gain momentum for the planned international conference in 2010.
The symposium offers the opportunity to provide a common platform for researchers, academics, application engineers, users of CAD/CAM, robotics and factory automation technologies and methodologies and policy-makers. Symposium themes include:
The symposium results from the establishment of the Advanced Robotics and Mechatronics Research Network (ARMRN) last year to increase collaboration and enhance knowledge sharing in the field of advanced robotics and mechatronics. It contributes to human capital development through stimulating interest in this area.
- Computer-aided design
- Computer-aided manufacturing
- Computer-aided engineering
- Computer-aided process planning
- Computer-aided production management
- Computer-integrated manufacturing
- Design for manufacture and assembly
- Flexible manufacturing systems
- Artificial intelligence/knowledge-based systems.
The network was founded by the CSIR and the UKZN. The ARMRN further expanded to include the CUT, the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University in Port Elizabeth, Stellenbosch University, the Tshwane University of Technology and others.
More information can be obtained on www.armrn.manufacturingafrica.com or www.cut.ac.za